D3 Football: Husson Stuns Springfield, Brockport Rolls Past Plymouth State

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John Smith and the Husson Eagles defeated Springfield in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. (PHOTO CREDIT: Monty Rand Photography/Husson University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

John Smith rushed for a game-high 164 yards on 43 carries (3.8 yards per carry) and two scores as Husson stunned Springfield, 23-21, in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.

Smith reached the end zone twice – once in the second quarter and once in the third – while quarterback Cory Brandon got the visitors on the board with a second quarter touchdown strike to Kyle Gaudet (36-yard reception).

Husson led Springfield, 14-6, at the break, and 20-14 after three quarters of play before Devin Pickett extended the visitors’ advantage to 23-14 with a 22-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.

Springfield trimmed the deficit with a Hunter Belzo 52-yard touchdown run to pull within two-points (23-21), but that would be the closest the Pride would get to the Eagles.

Brandon completed the contest with 209 yards and one touchdown pass, connecting on 20 of 30 passes, while Kyree Calli led all receivers with 64 yards on seven reception.

Husson’s defense limited the top-ranked rushing offense to just 264 yards. Belzo paced the Pride’s rushing attack by tallying 113 yards on nine carries, while Jordan Wilcox rushed for 111 yards on 22 carries and two scores.

The win extends the Eagles’ campaign to next weekend where they’ll face Delaware Valley in the second round, while Springfield concludes a historic season at 10-1 overall.

Husson, which captured the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown this fall, will face Delaware Valley next weekend in the second round of the tournament. The Aggies secured a date with the Eagles by defeating Western New England, 35-0.

Saturday’s win marked the first time an ECFC team has won a postseason contest.

Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0: Sammy Mohr clinched an opening round win for the Aggies with a 100-yard interception returned for a touchdown in the final session as DelVal earned its 11th consecutive win of the season. Aaron Nelson led DelVal and all receivers with 121 yards on two receptions and one score, while WNE’s Dante Aiken rushed for a game-high 98 yards on 21 carries. WNE concludes its season at 8-3 – the Golden Bears captured the first-ever Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) crown a few weeks ago when they defeated Curry College, 42-28.

Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0: Joe Germinerio accounted for four touchdowns, including three through the air, as the Golden Eagles soared past the ‘Mountain Men’ of Plymouth State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Germinerio completed 19 of 27 passes for 316 yards, while Tyree Brown rushed for a game-high 156 yards on eight carries and one score. The Panthers conclude their season with a 9-2 overall record – Plymouth State also captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown this year, too.

Framingham State 48, Curry 14: Adam Wojenski tossed five touchdowns, while completing 19 of 28 passes for 246 yards as the Rams won their second New England Bowl at Bowditch Field in Framingham. Quron Wright led all rushers with 60 yards on 16 carries, while Curry’s Nick Villanueva hauled in a game-high 92 yards on four receptions. Framingham State’s Joshua Onujiogu led all defenders with a pair of sacks for 13 yards, while concluding the game with a pass break-up and four total tackles, including a trio of solo stops. The Rams conclude their season with a 10-1 overall ledger, while Curry finished 8-3.

D3 Football: NCAA Tournament (First Round) & New England Bowl Picks

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Springfield College looks to keep on rolling this weekend when they host Husson University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. (PHOTO CREDIT: Roy Chambers)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s PLAYOFF time, which means it is time to dish out some picks for this weekend’s NCAA Division III first-round tournament – all east region games, by the way! – and both New England Bowls.

Best of luck to all teams competing and make sure to circle back throughout the weekend for updates on all six games!


Western New England (8-2) at Delaware Valley (10-0) | Saturday, Nov. 18th at 12 p.m. 

James Baker (In The D3FB Huddle): Tough draw for the Golden Bears against the top seed of the east region. DelVal is one of the top four seeds in the entire tournament, too. DelVal can score on offense and defense, so the Bears will have to be patient and not beat themselves with turnovers. WNE always surprises us, but the Aggies are just too tough to beat. PREDICTION: DelVal 48, WNE 21

Matt Noonan (Noontime Sports): The win over St. Lawrence weeks ago saved WNE’s season, but against DelVal, the Golden Bears must be patient and protect the ball on offense. PREDICTION: DelVal 45, WNE 25 


Husson (9-1) at Springfield (10-0) | Saturday, Nov. 18th at 12 p.m. 

James Baker (In The D3FB Huddle): Featuring two of the best running backs in the nation, this game will go by fast – bring your track shoes, football fans! Often overlooked, the Pride’s defense has done a great job this season, allowing less than 88 rushing yards per game and 10.9 points per game, too. Husson halfback John Smith will get his carries, but it’ll be Springfield that wins and moves onto the next round. PREDICTION: Springfield 24, Husson 14

Matt Noonan (Noontime Sports): As James and I have discussed numerous times this season, the Pride’s defense is legit, and yes, this unit has been overlooked by some in the D3 Football world. They’ll have their way against a talented Husson offense led by halfback John Smith, while the Springfield offense will rush by the Eagles’ defense for a few scores. Big game for Jordan WilcoxPREDICTION: Springfield 35, Hudson 16


Plymouth State (9-1) at Brockport (10-0) | Saturday, Nov. 18th at 12 p.m. 

James Baker (In The D3FB Huddle): The ‘Mountain Men’ have a long trip to Western New York to face off against a Golden Eagles team that dominated the Empire 8 most of this season. This game should be relatively low scoring to start, and will depend on how well the Panthers o-line handles Brockport’s 3-3 stack, one of the tougher defenses to block. The first half should be competitive, but the athletes on the Golden Eagles will pull away in the second half. PREDICTION: Brockport 35, Plymouth State 13

Matt Noonan (Noontime Sports): The ‘Mountain Men’ have been a great story, both this year and last year, but their storybook campaign will sadly concludes in Western New York on Saturday. The Golden Eagles are just too good and will certainly be a team to watch in this particular region going forward. Maybe they have what it takes to make the ‘Final Four?’ PREDICTION: Brockport 31, Plymouth State 17


RPI (8-2) at Wesley (9-1) | Saturday, Nov. 18th at 12 p.m.

James Baker (In The D3FB Huddle): The Wolverines have been slow starters and RPI likes to grind, leaning on their defense to force the opposition into making mistakes. Wesley’s EJ Lee could be the difference in this one. PREDICTION: Wesley 35, RPI 24

Matt Noonan (Noontime Sports): Sure, I would love to say RPI’s season will continue beyond this weekend, but not against a talented and tough Wolverines squad, which won’t be an easy out in this particular region of the bracket. PREDICTION: Wesley 41, RPI 22


Curry College (8-2) at Framingham State (9-1) | Saturday, Nov. 18th at 12 p.m.

James Baker (In The D3FB Huddle): Curry’s Alex Corvese was recently named the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) Offensive Player of the Year, and his team will need both his arm and legs to get past a tough (and talented) Rams defense. Framingham has a strong quarterback in Adam Wojenski, so expect a lot of offense in this particular contest. The Rams will benefit from home field advantage, and perhaps kicker Ryan Clifford may be the student-athlete that decides this particular outcome. PREDICTION: Framingham State 38, Curry 35

Matt Noonan (Noontime Sports): Framingham State running back Quron Wright is going to be the difference in this one. Wright’s o-line should have their way with Curry’s front four (and may front seven) en route to a second-straight New England Bowl victory. PREDICTION: Framingham State 35, Curry 28


SUNY Maritime (9-1) at WPI (8-2) | Saturday, Nov. 18th at 6 p.m. 

James Baker (In The D3FB Huddle): Thomas Wright and the Privateers have enjoyed a 9-1 run this season, but they haven’t faced a team as strong as the Engineers this fall.  Dereck Pacheco and the WPI defense will give Wright some trouble, while the Engineers’ two-headed running attack of Sean McAllen and Connor Field will be tough for SUNY-Maritime to slow down. PREDICTION: WPI 42, SUNY Maritime 21

Matt Noonan (Noontime Sports): SUNY Maritime has been another great story this fall, but this will be perhaps their biggest challenge of the season. WPI’s defense has rebounded since their setback to Springfield and will provide Thomas Wright and the Privateers’ offense with a lot of challenges. Expect another big game from WPI halfback Sean McAllen, who will score at least two touchdowns in this one. PREDICTION: WPI 45, SUNY Maritime 21

Matt Falkenbury (Play-By-Play Voice of SUNY Maritime): The Privateers are a vastly different team on the road this season than they were at home. Playing this game on the road – considering they either had to come-from-behind to win or lost in all five of those games – is a bit concerning. Quarterback Thomas Wright struggled on the road the last three games and it’s something to watch for in this one. The defense will have to come up big for them to pull this out. My heart says Maritime wins, but my head says WPI wins it on a late field goal. PREDICTION: WPI 31, SUNY Maritime 28.  

D3 Football: NCAA Tournament First Round Pairings (New England & N. Y.)

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Springfield College will host Husson University in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Tournament next Saturday, November 18th. (PHOTO CREDIT: Roy Chambers)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Welcome to the 2017 NCAA Tournament, New England and New York Division III Football fans! Below are the squads from both New England and New York that will be competing in this year’s national tournament.

  • Brockport (10-0, 7-0 E8)
  • Husson University (9-1, 7-0 ECFC)
  • Plymouth State (9-1, 7-1 MASCAC)
  • RPI (8-2, 4-1 LL)
  • Springfield College (10-, 7-0 NEWMAC)
  • Western New England (8-2, 5-0 CCC)

What are the match-ups?

  • Western New England (8-2) at Delaware Valley (10-0) |
  • Husson (9-1) at Springfield (10-0)
  • Plymouth State (9-1) at Brockport (10-0)
  • RPI (8-2) at Wesley (9-1)

NCAA Tournament coverage this week – what can you expect?

  • Game information and stats
  • Players to Watch in the postseason in all four match-ups
  • Podcasts – you can expect an extra Football Friday Podcast to two this week on all four match-ups
  • Friday predictions (who wins and why?)

Noontime Sports D3 New England Week 10 Poll (Sunday, Nov. 11th)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

With another week of college football (week 11) in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s (week 12) Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll.

  1. Springfield College (10-0, 7-0 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 1
  2. Trinity College (8-1, 8-1 NESCASC) | Last Week: No. 3
  3. Plymouth State (9-1, 7-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 2
  4. Framingham State (9-1, 7-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 5
  5. WPI (8-2, 6-1 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 6
  6. Western New England (8-2, 5-0 CCC) | Last Week: No. 4
  7. Curry College (8-2, 4-1 CCC) | Last Week: No. 9
  8. Husson University (9-1, 7-0 ECFC) | Last Week: NR
  9. Amherst College (7-2, 7-2 NESCAC) | Last Week: No. 8
  10. Williams College (6-3, 6-3 NESCAC) | Last Week: No. NR

ON THE RISE: Middlebury College (7-2, 7-2 NESCAC), MIT (7-3, 5-2 NEWMAC) and Wesleyan University (6-3, 6-3 NESCAC)

D3 Football: New England NCAA Postseason Predictions

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Plymouth State, this year’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) winner, will most likely be on the road next weekend in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. (PHOTO CREDIT: Plymouth State University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

With the final week of the regular season in the books, its time to turn our attention to the postseason, which officially begins next weekend.

Below is a breakdown of what we know at the moment heading into today’s selection show. We’ll have more later tonight once the brackets are released.

As of now, we know the following New England teams are in this year’s tournament:

  • Husson University (Eastern Collegiate Football Conference)
  • Plymouth State (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference)
  • Western New England (Commonwealth Coast Football)

Who else will most likely represent New England in this year’s tournament?

  • Springfield College (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletics Conference) – should get a Pool B Bid

Will any other New England team received a Pool C bid?

  • Not likely. There was a possible chance that Framingham State could get a nod entering this week’s games, but due to certain outcomes its most likely that the Rams will be competing for a second-straight New England Bowl crown.

Possible first-round match-ups?

  • Per D3Football.com, Springfield could host Husson in the opening round, while Plymouth State will head to Brockport and Western New England will visit Delaware Valley.
  • The winner of Springfield-Husson and Brockport-Plymouth State would meet in the second round, again, per D3Football.com, while Western New England or Delaware Valley would advance to play the winner of Frostburg State vs. Johns Hopkins.

 

Noontime Sports D3 New England Week 10 Poll (Sunday, Nov. 5th)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

With another week of college football (week 10) in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s (week 11) Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll.

  1. Springfield College (9-0, 6-0 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 1
  2. Plymouth State (9-1, 7-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 3
  3. Trinity College  (7-1, 7-1 NESCAC) | Last Week No. 2
  4. Western New England (7-2, 4-0 CCC) | Last Week: No. 6
  5. Framingham State (8-1, 6-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 4
  6. WPI (7-2, 5-1 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 8
  7. MIT (7-2, 5-1 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 9
  8. Amherst College (7-1, 7-1 NESCAC) | Last Week: 10
  9. Curry College (7-2, 3-1 CCC) | Last Week: No. 7
  10. Western Connecticut (7-2, 5-2 MASCAC). | Last Week: No. 6

ON THE RISE: Husson University (8-1, 6-0 ECFC), Middlebury College (6-2, 6-2NESCAC), Salve Regina (6-2, 3-1 CCC) and Wesleyan University (6-2, 6-2 NESCAC).

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch This Weekend (New England & New York)

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Curry College will look to continue its momentum against Western New England this weekend. (PHOTO CREDIT: SportsPix, LLC)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Happy Friday, everyone! Hope you’re ready for a brand new weekend, as well as an extra hour of sleep, too – don’t forget to turn back your clocks on Saturday!

Let’s kickoff this brand new weekend with our weekly 10 Games to Watch in New England and New York Division III Football!

As always, make sure to stay connected with us throughout the weekend on Facebook and Twitter, as well as our good friends over at In The (D3FB) Huddle, too! 

Springfield at Maine Maritime (Saturday, Nov, 4th at 12 p.m.): The Pride return to the gridiron after a bye week with hopes of securing another win en route to a potential Pool B bid. PREDICTION: Springfield 40, Maine Maritime 7 

Western Connecticut at Framingham State (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 12 p.m.): This is a MUST win for the Rams, especially if they want to keep their postseason (and New England Bowl) hopes alive. Look for another big game from Western Connecticut quarterback Quinn Fleeting, who has scored 27 touchdowns this season, including 24 through the air. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 28, Framingham State 20

Catholic at Merchant Marine (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 12 p.m.): An intriguing match-up that pits two teams looking to gain some momentum heading into next week, as well as the off-season, too. The Cardinals scored a hard-fought win a week ago against Norwich (10-7) and should continue that momentum this week. PREDICTION: Catholic 25, Merchant Marine 21 

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Zack Edwards and the Plymouth State Panthers will look to cap their regular season slate with a victory on Saturday at Fitchburg State. (PHOTO CREDIT: Plymouth State University Athletics)

Plymouth State at Fitchburg State (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 12 p.m.): The Panthers, who will be idle next weekend, will look to cap their regular season slate with a win, so they can keep their postseason (or New England Bowl) hopes alive. PREDICTION: Plymouth State 24, Fitchburg State 14

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Frank Williams and the Bates Bobcats will attempt to capture the CBB crown this weekend when they host Bowdoin. (PHOTO CREDIT: (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

Bowdoin at Bates (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 12:30 p.m.): A win for the Bobcats would provide the program (and its seniors) with a fourth-straight CBB crown (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin). It would also be the first-time in program history that a senior class has beaten both Bowdoin and Colby in all four years. PREDICTION: Bates 27, Bowdoin 13 

Alfred at Brockport (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 1 p.m.): Who is going to score on this Golden Eagles’ defense? Seriously, who? For the past two weeks, the Brockport defense has appeared unstoppable, and this week, they must find a way to slow down a quality Saxons offense. PREDICTION: Brockport 28, Alfred 17 

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Andrew Yamin and the Amherst College defense will look to contain the Trinity College offense on Saturday in a big NESCAC tilt. (PHOTO CREDIT: Geoff Bolte, Clarus Studios Inc.)

Trinity at Amherst (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 1 p.m.): Consider this a de-facto New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship game. A win for Amherst would set-up an exciting final week in the conference (next week), while a victory for the Bantams would provide the program with their seven title in the 21st century. Look for a late touchdown (or field goal) to decide this cosntest. PREDICTION: Amherst 24, Trinity 21

Western New England at Curry (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 1 p.m.): Don’t count out these Curry Colonels, who enter the game on a four-game winning streak. Despite a 17-14 setback at home this fall, Curry has been rather impressive at home and will look to continue that momentum on Saturday against a very talented Golden Bears squad. PREDICTION: Curry 21, WNE 20

Williams at Wesleyan (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 1 p.m.): The Ephs returned to the win column last week, defeating Hamilton, 24-6, but this week, they must find a way to slow down a talented Cardinals offense that has put up 17 points or more in every game this season. PREDICTION: Williams 28, Wesleyan 21 

Norwich at MIT (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 5:30 p.m.): Following a tough setback to WPI, MIT will look to bounce back against the Cadets in Cambridge. PREDICTION: MIT 27, Norwich 14